Punish our Trespasses! An Examination of Private Tribunal Law as Applied in the Anglican Church's Trial of Bishop Donald Shearman
AbstractIn June 2004, the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane convened a hearing before its Diocesan Tribunal to determine the guilt or innocence of Bishop Donald Shearman (aged 78) who was charged with having “committed disgraceful conduct which is/ would be productive of evil report”.1 The conduct in question referred to events alleged to have occurred in a church-run hostel in Forbes, NSW, during 1954-56. Having found Bishop Shearman guilty of such misconduct, the Tribunal recommended that he be deposed from holy orders.
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